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World Cup 2014 Is Facebook’s Most Talked-About Event Ever

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Facebook announced Monday that its data editors have recorded 1 billion interactions about the 2014 World Cup since it began June 12.

“Facebook generally sees a large amount of conversation around sporting events, but the World Cup has proven to be a unique moment,” according to a news release from the social media site.

Before now, the editors “have never measured an event — sports or otherwise — that has topped a billion interactions,” the release says.

To be fair to all you American football fans, the Super Bowl takes place in an afternoon. The World Cup is more than a month long. (Though, according to a TechCrunch report, 1.7 million people  streamed the June 26 US vs. Germany match online via ESPN. Just 1.1 million tuned in using the same service as the Seahawks spanked the Broncos in February.)

Anyway, as of Thursday (June 26), the following were Facebook’s most-discussed matches, goals and players, and the countries that have been most vocal about them:

Top 10 most-discussed matches:

1) Brazil vs. Croatia, Group A, June 12
2) Germany vs. Portugal, Group G, June 16
3) Cameroon vs. Brazil, Group A, June 23
4) USA vs. Portugal, Group G, June 22
5) Brazil vs. Mexico, Group A, June 17
6) Croatia vs. Mexico, Group A, June 23
7) Italy vs. Uruguay, Group D, June 24
8) Uruguay vs. England, Group D, June 19
9) USA vs. Ghana, Group G, June 16
10) Argentina vs. Iran, Group F, June 21

Top 10 most-discussed goals:

1. Javier “Chicharito” Hernández seals Mexico’s win over Croatia with a goal to make the score 3-0 (June 23)
2. Neymar Jr. scores his first World Cup goal, bringing Brazil level with Croatia 1-1 in the tournament opener (June 12)
3. Neymar Jr. scores in the 17th minute to give Brazil a 1-0 lead over Cameroon (June 23)
4. Neymar Jr. converts the penalty kick to give Brazil a 2-1 lead over Croatia (June 12)
5. Neymar Jr. nets his second goal against Cameroon, restoring Brazil’s lead 2-1 (June 23)
6. Andrés Guardado doubles Mexico’s lead over Croatia 2-0 minutes after they opened the scoring (June 23)
7. Captain Rafa Marquez puts in a header off a corner kick to give Mexico a 1-0 lead over Croatia (June 23)
8. Fernandino scores Brazil’s fourth goal against Cameroon (June 23)
9. Fred scores to give Brazil a 3-1 lead over Cameroon (June 23)
10. Diego Godin scores against Italy to give Uruguay a 1-0 lead and send them through to the round of 16 (June 24)

Top 10 most-talked-about players:

1. Neymar (Forward, Brazil)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Forward, Portugal)
3. Leo Messi (Foward, Argentina)
4. Luis Suarez (Forward, Uruguay)
5. Oscar (Midfielder, Brazil)
6. Mario Balotelli (Forward, Italy)
7. Thomas Müller (Forward, Germany)
8. Guillermo Ochoa (Goalkeeper, Mexico)
9. Wayne Rooney (Forward, England)
10. Mesut Özil (Midfielder, Germany)

Top 10 countries where people were having conversations about the World Cup online:

1. Brazil
2. United States
3. Great Britain
4. Indonesia
5. India
6. Mexico
7. France
8. Venezuela
9. Argentina
10. Germany

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